Pierce Opens Summer Session Enrollment


The application period for the Pierce College summer session begins today, marked by a 50% increase in course offerings, as well as more flexibility in scheduling.

In a continuing quest to increase enrollment at the Woodland Hills campus, Pierce administrators have instituted scattered starting dates for summer classes, scheduling them into three sessions, each starting in June.

The increased offerings, from 100 classes last summer to 150 this summer, result in more day and night general education courses that may be used to transfer to a four-year institution or to meet Pierce graduation requirements, college officials said.


“In rethinking and reshaping the summer session, we are responding to the changing needs expressed by our students as well as the community,” said Paul Whalen, dean of academic affairs. “It is more common today for college students to want to complete their education at a faster pace because they are anxious to begin a career.”

The summer sessions will begin on June 6, 16 and 23, with the first two sessions scheduled for six weeks of instruction. The third is expected to be more intensive at five weeks.

Also, applications for admission to the fall semester will be available beginning May 5, with most classes that semester starting on Aug. 18.

Prospective students will have an opportunity to attend a workshop to determine their eligibility for financial aid in the fall semester. The program, designed to help students complete the aid applications, will begin at noon Wednesday in the Financial Aid Conference Room, in Bungalow 0328.

For information on the workshop, call (818) 719-6428.

Applications for the summer session may be obtained in the admissions office, 6201 Winnetka Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.

To receive an application by mail, call (818) 719-6404.